"Much wealth is in the house of the righteous, but trouble is in the income of the wicked." Proverbs 15:6 NASB
Intrigued by this verse? I was. I decided to check out other translations. Here's what I found.
These translations lead me to think the righteous will receive reward, not necessarily in monetary ways, and the evil will at some point get what they deserve.
Do I find that in our world today? Do you?
Many people would say no. They don't find that righteous-living creates reward. And even more would say that it looks like the evil are much more well rewarded than the righteous.
I contend that is not so.
I believe that there is a place within every person that can't deny an understanding of right and wrong. That does not mean that a person will pay attention to that understanding, nor will they admit that they are wrong. But deep within there is a *plumb line placed in each heart. And just as sure as there is gravity that pulls the plumb line directly into verticality, there is a knowledge of right and wrong. It cannot be seen, but it has a justifiable ending.
As a missionary, I have read too many books on the subject of before and after salvation stories. All too often, after a person came to the Lord, would they admit that they were not content, happy, or ever rested. They went so far as to say they knew they weren't doing what was right and knew there was something else they could do, but wouldn't. And this is not culturally based truth. This is cross-cultures. On all continents, and over generations.
It is, without fail, possible to lie. It is, without fail, impossible to not know you are lying.
When a person tells a bold-faced lie, they know it. That lie festers and it cannot create rest.
As hard as it is to admit, a lying tongue cannot be unaware.
One cannot create a life of peace, rest, joy, contentment or even happiness without a good heart.
Money is not treasure. Money is not even wealth. Money is simply money. It is a tool. It can be used for evil or good. The love of money, just as the love of anything that is unworthy, is evil.
But money is not the end result of a righteous man. Treasure is. Wealth is.
I've experienced great treasure with very little food on the table. I've had abundant wealth with only pennies in the bank. I've found peace and security in the midst of chaos. And found rest in the agony of defeat.
How? Because I knew I was doing what was right to do with all of my heart. And I knew that my children knew I was doing my best to be honest, hard-working, kind and loving. I found pleasure in the smallest events and celebrated the tiniest triumphs.
Checking my plumb line is still something I believe needs to be done on a regular basis. Am I following what I know to be true? Am I being true to the inside of my heart? Am I following a path that will lead to peace and comfort? Will I find wealth and treasure at the end of this road?
Or will I let a lie lead me? Am I selfishly moving forward into something I want to be true, but isn't. It will be only smoke and mirrors. It will not satisfy. It will bring darker days and produce in me trouble.
I want to be on the side of honest. I want to be righteous. I might fail. I beg God to prompt me to bend me knee and ask forgiveness from Him, and anyone else I might hurt, when I do. I'm not perfect. But I am trying. The fact remains that when I am not meeting up to the standards set before me, I know it. If I pretend that I am, I have just willingly stepped into the world of the wicked and there will be trouble.
Thank you for joining me here to investigate this particular Proverb.
I hope it brings you to question your own motives and heart.
I know it prompted me to have some time alone, probing my own heart and asking God to cleanse me of all unrighteousness.
Do you have a moment when you knew you were lying, but you went on to stuff it down and not admit it? Did you ever find release? Please share.
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